Strange and irrational behavior/actions

Rapid alternation between extreme hyperactivity and stupor
o
Negative symptoms – subtract from normal behavior

Lack of motivations

Detachment

Poor oral hygiene, academic performance, job duties, withdrawal
with social and interpersonal relationships
o
Dx of pos and neg sx important for selection of appropriate drug

Methylphenidate
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Classification (Ritalin Concerta, Daytrana, Metadate, Methylin) is used to
treat ADHD
o
MOA – Heightening patients awareness and increase ability to focus
o
Side effects/Adverse effects – insomnia, nervousness,
anorexia, and
weight loss
o
Patient education – Pregnancy category C, watch for weight loss and
anorexia

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
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Clinical manifestation (symptoms) – Inability to sit still, impulsiveness, and
sleep disturbance
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Treatments - Ritalin Concerta, Daytrana, Metadate, Methylin

Benzodiazepines (diazepam, alprazolam, lorazepam, and clonazepam)

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